Integran takes top honours at Canadian Innovation Awards - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters honour eight outstanding Canadian innovators



    ST. JOHN'S, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Leading-edge technology and an
innovative approach to new markets has earned Toronto's Integran Corporation
the title of Innovative Business of the Year.
    The Ontario-based company, specializing in high performance metal
products, developed a method of reducing costs for manufacturing advanced
carbon fiber composite parts used extensively in aerospace and defence
structures, but this innovative product is also taking the sporting goods
market by storm. For their unique business strategy, Integran Corporation was
awarded Canada's top innovator at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters' Eighth
Annual Canadian Innovation Awards at the St. John's Convention Centre this
evening.
    "Given our current economic times, there perhaps has never been a greater
time and a greater need for Canadian Business to be more innovative", said
Jayson Myers, CME president. "With an increasingly global economy, Canadian
business must rise to the challenge to compete on the world's stage."
    "This year's Canadian award winners are stories that all of Canada must
celebrate. They are the key to strengthening Canadian competitiveness and
solidifying Canada's place as a global leader in the future."
    CME presented a total of eight awards during its eighth annual Innovation
Awards gala evening. Winners are as follows:

    Integran Technologies, Toronto, ON - RBC's Innovative Business of the
    Year

    Linamar Corporation, Guelph, ON - Plant/Rogers Award for Manufacturer of
    the Year

    Orphan Industries, part of the D.F. Barnes Group of Companies,
    St. John's, NL - BDC's Canadian Innovation Award for Productivity
    Improvement

    Novik inc., St-Augustin-de-Desmaures, QC - 20/20 Magazine's Canadian
    Innovation Award for New Product Design & Commercialization

    Eco-Tec Inc., Pickering, ON - Canadian Innovation Award for Environmental
    Technology

    HLS HARD-LINE Solutions Inc., Dowling, ON - EDC's Canadian Innovation
    Award for the Diversification of Export Markets

    Measurand Inc., Fredericton, NB - NRC/IRAP's Canadian Innovation Award
    for New Technology

    Nova Scotia Power Inc., Halifax, NS - IAPA's Canadian Innovation Award
    for the Promotion of a Healthy & Safer Workplace


    Editor's Note
    Photos of award winners accepting their awards are available.
    Background pages on each winner are available at www.cme-mec.ca

    About Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters:

    Canada's leading trade and industry association, CME promotes the
continuous improvement of Canadian manufacturing and exporting through
engagement of government at all levels. Its mandate is to promote the
competitiveness of Canadian manufacturers and enable the success of Canadian
goods and services exporters in markets around the world.
    Representing Canada's largest business network, CME's membership is drawn
from all sectors of Canada's manufacturing and exporting community and from
every province across the country. The association represents Canada's leading
global enterprises and more than 85% of CME's members are small and
medium-sized enterprises. Together, CME's membership accounts for an estimated
75% of total manufacturing production and 90% of Canada's exports.




For further information:

For further information: Jeff Brownlee, (613) 762-7545,
jeff.brownlee@cme-mec.ca

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